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Title: Lindsey, David to Fleming, Thomas/Andrew, 1758
CollectionIrish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan. Letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America (1675-1815) [K.A. Miller et al.]
SenderLindsey, David
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsubsistence farmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDesertmartin, Co. Londonderry, Ireland
DestinationPennsylvania, USA
RecipientFleming, Thomas/Andrew
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count428
Genrepossible emigration
TranscriptDavid Lindsey, near Desertmartin, County Londonderry, to Thomas or Andrew Fleming, “Pennsillvena,” 19 March 1758
March ye 19th 1758
Dr Cusen:
I had upertunity of reading your letter that was sent to your fatherinlaw, which gave me great satisfaction to here you were all in good health and fortuned so well as to be posessed in so good a bargain of lands. We are all in good health at present I bless God for all his mercies and yr uncle David is helthy and harty and do all join in our love and Compliments to you and your families and enquiring friends. I expected an account oftener from you, only times being troublesome in that country with wars that we were assured that you were all ded or killed The good Bargains of your lands in that Country Doe greatly encourage me to pluck up my spirits and make Redie for the Journey, for we are now oppressed with our lands set at per acre and other improvements, Cutting our land in two acre parts and Quicking and only two years time for doing it all— ye<a> we Cannot stand more. I expected a letter from you more oftener, or that Cusen Wm Fleming would come over before this time, but these things does not Discourage me to goe only we Depend on ye for Derections in the goods fitting to take to that place. I had disappointment of worth of Lining Cloth yt I sold, and had James Hoskins bond for the money. The merchant ran away, and I had great truble in getting my money, so that was deleavered. Brother <it> John Fleming is dead and brother James Lindsey is married again to one Hoskins and his son Robert has service to his uncle James Martin and desires to know if he will redeem him if he goes over there. He is a good favour and is willing to work for his passage till its paid. Your Cusen<s> in Desert martin is all in health. Cusen Mary <desires> to let you know all my father’s family is in helth and joins in yr love to ye My father is very far spent and I expect to see him buried before I leave the place. Your father and my uncle Andrew is but tender in helth. Sarah Rickets desires to be remembered in her love to her sister Nelly and other friends. Our living is dear in this place. I conclude with my love to you and all friends there. I am yours till death.
—David Lindsey